Written by Moms on Call || Photography by Minoo Mayfield
When baby is around 3 months of age and 12 lbs., they are developmentally ready to find their own comfy spot. You know what that means! We are dropping the swaddle. And boy have we got great news for you. This means it is time for 10-12 hours of sleep… in a row!
Not only will this support normal growth and development, it will support the body’s immune system, allow the gastrointestinal tract to rest and is the cornerstone of healthy, happy, and dare we say, rested households.
As we give you a glimpse of what our books and online courses cover in the Sleep Section for babies 3-6 months of age, please keep in mind, this is a condensed version of what we provide in this chapter.
How do I know when baby is ready?
- Baby is ready to drop the night swaddle around 12 weeks of age and/or 12 lbs.
- Baby is consistently breaking out of the swaddle and/or rolling from back to tummy during playtime.
- Baby is healthy and gaining weight!
- You are ready! When we begin this new transition, we take lead, and baby will follow.
What should my baby wear?
- We recommend footed pjs! Especially from 3-6 months of age, so that they have time to master the freedom to roll easily from back to tummy and tummy to back. This will also help limit the frustration when they hit that 4 month developmental breakthrough.
What should I keep in mind?
- Transitions typically take 3-5 nights of adjustments
- We are working with the body’s natural rhythm and routine to establish healthy sleep habits for the entire family!
- Be consistent!
- If you plan to do this, commit to do it for 3-5 nights, and they may even catch on quicker.
- Speak the truth to your heart!
- They are safe, they are loved, and they can learn to do this!
- Our confidence is contagious.
- Babies need long stretches of sleep, just like us! Two or three nights of hard work and we can look forward to evening and night times all the way into toddlerhood.
Where do I start?
- Review the Moms on Call basic principles in our resources and remember the crib is free of any loose objects, toys, blankets or mobiles.
- We begin with a consistent daytime and bedtime routine in place.
- Daytime affects nighttime sleep, be sure to follow along with Moms on Call typical day routines.